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12/18/2012 03:43 pm ET Updated Dec 18, 2012

'10 Things You Didn't Need To Know About North Korea' (VIDEO)

Despite leader Kim Jong Un's attempts to present a friendlier face to the world, North Korea -- described by the BBC as "one of the world's most secretive societies" -- remains an enigma to most.

But this week, thanks to YouTube channel alltime10s (creator of viral gems like "10 Rare Astronomical Events" and "10 Things You Didn't Know About Santa Claus"), curious netizens are getting the chance to peek behind the curtain at the troubled country and its colorful (and sometimes bizarre) past.

From the recent discovery of the mysterious "unicorn lair" by North Korean archeologists (which, as we now know, was a widely misunderstood claim arising out of a mistranslation of a word that refers to a mythical creature familiar in many East Asian cultures), to the wild claims allegedly made by Pyongyang media about former leader Kim Jong Il's prowess on the golf course, this YouTube video, titled "10 Things You Didn't Need to Know About North Korea," offers an interesting series of facts and figures about the hermit kingdom.

Did you know that North Korea reports a 99 percent literacy rate? Or that Kim Jong Il is rumored to have killed someone when he was a child? Watch the video to learn more.

Want more tidbits about North Korea? Go to The Telegraph's "50 Fascinating Facts: Kim Jong-il and North Korea" and The Guardian's "North Korea: 10 Facts About One Of The World's Most Secretive States" for more.

h/t: Buzzfeed

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